The U.S. Coast Guard says that boating accident fatalities are up in the Pacific Northwest and in Washington State over previous years. According to Seattle’s King5.com, there have been 28 boating accident fatalities in the Northwest States including Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho this year. As of June 20, there are already 12 boating accident fatalities in Washington State alone and 28 in the Pacific Northwest. Last year, there were only 23 fatalities by June 20th.
One significant cause of boating accidents is the use of alcohol. People who drink while boating are ten times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. Washington State Patrol says that half of all boating accidents involve alcohol. The legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is the same for boating as in driving any other motor vehicle, 0.08%. While it is illegal to drive a boat while intoxicated, tickets are seldom issued to drunk boaters.
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